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FBI struggles to reinvent itself as intelligence-driven agency

A full decade after the deadly 9/11 attacks, the FBI is still struggling to become an intelligence-driven agency able to identify and act on potential threats. Despite bolstering staff and units, using agency experts to their full capacity has been an ongoing problem.... Read more»

Are Americans getting their money's worth in foreign police?

The U.S. government pumped $3.5 billion into foreign police forces in 2009, an amount nearly 2,000 percent higher than two decades ago. Afghanistan received $1.6 billion while Iraq got $377 million, and virtually all of the funding came from the Pentagon and State Department.... Read more»

Border reservation a smuggler's playground

Until now, the U.S. has focused most of its security efforts on its border with Mexico. But its porous northern frontier is set to come under greater scrutiny following recent warnings of terrorist threats. Organized crime uses the highly porous Mohawk reservation as a conduit for illicit cargo, including cigarettes and firearms.... Read more»

Serious crime down in Nogales; officials hope folks elsewhere notice

Police Sgt. Robert Thompson knows his way around the city he grew up in; he's patrolled it for more than a decade. Recalling a time when cops here engaged in car chases two to three times a week, he said now Nogales is safe and mostly quiet.... Read more»

New indictment: Loughner facing 14 possible death penalty counts

A federal grand jury has returned a 49-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner in the deaths of 6 and wounding of 13 in the Jan. 8 mass shooting. The charges include 14 for which the death penalty may be imposed.... Read more»

Loughner lawyers complain prison giving psych records to FBI

Psychological and medical records of Jared Lee Loughner have been improperly given to the FBI by prison officials, his attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday. Defense attorneys said release of the information violates Loughner's Miranda rights and doctor/patient privilege.... Read more»

Loughner to face federal trial prior to state charges

Alleged mass shooter Jared Lee Loughner will face trial on federal charges before any state charges are filed, authorities said Friday.... Read more»

Shootings spark debate over Arizona gun laws

The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and more than a dozen of her constituents in Tucson this weekend has sparked criticism of Arizona's lax gun control laws and renewed calls from some to tighten those restrictions. Here's our attempt to briefly break down a few of the issues at play:... Read more»

Nogales teen dies in confrontation with Border Patrol, reports say

The U.S. Border Patrol was involved in a shooting incident overnight in Nogales, the agency says. A 17-year-old male died during the incident, a report by the Nogales International quotes an unidentified Mexican police source.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent dies in Rio Rico gunbattle

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot to death north of Nogales late Tuesday, a spokesman said. Four suspected bandits were arrested, and a manhunt was underway for a fifth Wednesday in the hills north of the border.... Read more»

Will arrest of cartel kingpin stem violence in Juárez?

While the Mexican government congratulates itself for the arrest of an reputed mastermind behind the high-profile slaying of two employees of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, U.S. officials are saying little.... Read more»

Nogales back to normal even though mayor faces charges

Even though their mayor has been charged with money laundering and bribery, people on the street in front of City Hall in Nogales, Ariz., simply shrug their shoulders and sigh. "Everybody steals from the city."... Read more»1

Border Roundup: First court hearing on SB 1070; migrant deaths rise

The first court hearing on SB 1070 was held Thursday. The arguments presented will be supplemented by those to be heard on July 22. As the lawsuits begin, the effects of the new law are felt on the ground in Arizona. ... Read more»2

The questionable cost of America's spy games

There's nothing like a spy story to get the journalistic juices flowing. They have all the elements. High stakes. Betrayal. And, if you're lucky, sexual intrigue. Over the past several weeks, readers have been treated to two very different spy stories. In both cases, some basic questions have gone unanswered.... Read more»

Russian spy ring more comic book than John le Carre

From afar, it looks like the spy scandal of the decade — 11 alleged Russian agents busted by the FBI on suspicion of infiltrating American society to feed policy secrets back to their spymasters in Moscow. Yet a closer look at the FBI’s investigation shows a sloppy operation that appears to have gathered little solid information.... Read more»

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